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Article/Guide: IMAX vs. IMAX Digital vs. Omnimax

 Posted - 5/18/2009 1:42:26 AM  - Show Profile  Edit Message

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Article Title: IMAX vs. IMAX Digital vs. Omnimax
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IMAX

Is the original format using 70mm film to project a super-HD image. The standard size for these screens are 72 x 53 feet (22 x 16.1 m), but can range up to 76 x 97 feet (23 x 30 m).

OMNIMAX (IMAX Dome)

Is a modified format using a fisheye lens to distort the image into the shape of a human eye when viewed by the audience.

IMAX DIGITAL

A new format being marketed to theatres as a cheaper alternative to other IMAX formats, it uses a tilted screen that is only 28 x 58 feet (8.5 x 17.7 m). This smaller size and the use of digital projection instead of the traditional film means that it is much cheaper to build theatres that support this format. IMAX Digital supports the IMAX 3D format.

Many consider the experience in these threatres to be greatly inferior to those of actual IMAX screens, and call it 'Fake IMAX', 'IMIN' or 'LIEMAX' for example. AMC is especially known for using this technology. There is very little differentiation in the brand to allow people to know whether they are getting a full-field of vision IMAX experience or one featuring this smaller digital one.

A Google Map listing locations as either Digital, Traditional or Omnimax/Domed can be found here:
IMAX Or LIEMAX? - Google Maps

More information:
Aziz Ansari Calls for IMAX Boycott Due to Screen Size Issue

Wikipedia IMAX article

"Star Trek" breaks Imax record as purists grumble

Also note that there is approximately a 40/60 split between Educational Institutions and Commercial theatres using IMAX technology.

PJPeter

Last Edited By - PJPeter on 5/18/2009 3:10:49 AM

 

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